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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor [Import]

Joan Sutherland Audio CD
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  • Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland, Renato Cioni, Robert Merrill, Cesare Siepi
  • Orchestra: Rome Santa Cecilia Academy Chorus, Rome Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir John Pritchard
  • Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Opera Double Decca
  • ASIN: B000023ZEW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Famous Lucia 22 July 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Joan Sutherland in her most famous role. This is her first recording of Lucia made in 1961. Her voice was at its freshest, pure and ethereal, the brilliance of her upper register and her amazing virtuosity much in evidence. As always, the diction is somewhat mushy but her portrayal of Lucia as a dreamy, melancholic girl is very appealing. Robert Merrill and Cesare Siepi are both in somptuous voices and sing with authority. The little known Renato Cioni is not exactly in the same league as his famous collegues but his voice is attractive and he sings cleanly most of the time, his manner is a little coarse but this is a minor distraction. Chorus and orchestra are very good and lovingly conducted by John Pritchard . There are some minor cuts but nothing drastic. An excellent bargain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sutherland is Lucia 5 Aug 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Without being complete, this recording of Lucia is one of the first to include some of Raimondo's Al ben de tuoi... and Wolf's crag. Cioni has a pleasant timbre, but a rather unrefined voice compared to Sutherland's. The soprano avoids superfluous portamenti (unlike Gruberova); she completely masters the character of Lucia conveying love, despair and madness. Merrill continues the tradition of a brutal and coldhearted Enrico. I would have preferred a more subtle portrayal of the brother. Siepi is a noble Raimondo. Pritchard is fine, but why did he choose not to conduct Lucia di Lammermoor in its entirety?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Abert
Format:Audio CD
Both Dame Joan Sutherland and Cesare Siepi passed away this year.
In 1959, Dame Joan Sutherland made her first debut of Donizetti's ever loved opera Lucia di Lamermoor. The rest is history. This singer will rightly be regarded as the definitive vocal performer of the title role to this classic bel canto masterpiece. And I believe, she will NOT be surpassed by another, at least during my own lifetime (I'm over 50).
Her first recording of the two main excerpts from this opera on LP in 1959 for Decca is simply stunning beyond description - I am totally lost in words to describe the performance.
Two years later, in a full-score set for the same opera, arguably slightly less shiny in tone and expression in the title role, nonetheless displays more confidence and bravura in the mad scene duet.
Human voices grow with age. For sopranos, the most beautiful age is before 35, if you consider that a dramatic role requires a certain timbre that a really mature voice would lack. Lucia di Lamermoor is such a role. The coloraturas need to sound fresh and young, yet poignant and dramatic. Mature voices may have bigger sounds, but less agility. In this 1961 recording, much of the beauty of the young Sutherland is still intact, though admittedly a little bit mushy in the diction, offering a slightly less crisp rendition to carry the highly dramatic effect in the big arias than in 1959.
The supporting singing cast is certainly not as great as the 1986 version at the MET, but they are highly adequate, with a luxurious casting of Cesare Siepi as the Lamermoor housekeeper Raimondo. The great duets between Raimondo and Lucia probably represents the only piece between these two great singers, and a significant added bonus to this invaluable recording.
For lovers of Sutherland and Siepi, miss this one and die.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new dawn in opera 23 Mar 2010
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For any fan of Joan Sutherland, this recording is absolutely essential; for any lover of music it is an important contribution to the history of recorded bel canto opera; for any seeker of bargains there can be few better returns on a budget investment.

This is Sutherland's first complete recording of `Lucia' although she had recorded the two set-pieces with Nello Santi a couple of years earlier. You will hear the voice that thrilled (and amazed) Covent Garden audiences and set the world of opera spinning in a way that no one has equalled since. The coloratura work is stupendous, the diction clear, the voice production free from the scoops and croonings that slipped in later. The `Quando rapito in estasi' at the end of the First Act aria and the duet with the flute in the mad scene in Act Two display this incredible voice at its extraordinary best. Listen to this and you will understand why Pavarotti described Sutherland as `the greatest voice of the twentieth century'.

In addition, the recording offers you two other operatic greats at the height of their powers. Robert Merrill is suitably cold and cruel to his unhappy sister while producing a warm and vibrant vocal tone and Cesare Siepi, whom some would describe as the greatest bass of the century turns in, as always, a performance which sets the standard for others to emulate.

Another reviewer has given a rather unkind assessment of the performance of the tenor, Renato Cioni. Cioni is certainly no Pavarotti. The voice is smaller and less immediately attractive but hardly deserves the epithet `snivelling'. I found him acceptable throughout and, at certain moments, distinctly touching, notably in the final aria `Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali'.
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